We all know that Latin America is this year’s big food trend in London. Hot on the heels of Cabana, the Brazilian mini-chain at sites in Westfield and St Giles, are Peruvian restaurants Ceviche in Frith Street and Lima London in Fitzrovia; and then there’s Sushi Samba in the City, which fuses Brazilian and Peruvian cooking with the influences of the region’s Japanese population.
And now, as Brazil’s 2012 Carnival approaches, the capital’s original Brazilian restaurant, bar and nightclub, Guanabara, is limbering up yet again for its 8th annual 6-day Carnival, a celebration of life, love and music, which kicks off on Thursday 16 February.
Expect Brazilian bands and DJs, samba dancers, Capoeira performers, a masked ball, great happy hours, free dance lessons and even extended opening hours.
“Carnival at Guanabara is the closest you can get to actually being in Rio or Salvador,” says resident DJ Limao. “The homesick Brazilians descend upon us and party with a contagious, non-stop energy that transforms the cold London February weather and infects our English customers with the heat, passion and joy of the greatest Carnival on earth.”
▪ The 25-strong Ritmos De Cidade take to the stage
▪ A Masque Ball featuring Paraiso Samba School and DJ Limao’s samba marathon
▪ A fantastic night of Forro featuring Zeu Azevedo & Forródaqui Band
▪ Carnival Carioca (Rio’s Carnival) with a performance from Minibloco & DJ Fred Salgueiro
▪ To close the Carnival there’s the fantastic Micareta Da Bahia (Bahia Carnival) complete with live music from Salvador’s Tribo, and singer, Elizangela De Bahia – Axé (the rhythm of Bahia)
▪ Guanabara also has an extended license for the opening weekend, with the party going on until 4am Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th
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